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(Updated Jan 15th 23:03 PST, revised for clarity on implications of negligence and minor corrections.)
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TL;DR "I'm too stupid to know what a hypocrite is."

The cognitive dissonance is strong in this crowd. They'll get exactly what they actually voted for and dutifully redirect all blame on whomever they're told to.
Even when offended, some looked past Donald J. Trump’s flaws to issues like jobs and immigration. Distrust of Hillary Clinton and a liking for Ivanka Trump also helped.
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Blimey! One of them was going to vote for Bernie Sanders. 
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Someone needs to invent a non-fraying non-breaking derailleur cable. Without telling me to buy electronic shifters.
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Brifters, Microshifters, down tube shifters, clicky shifters, they all bend the cable around a tight radius. So whats the flaw in a brifter doing this that others don't have?
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A worthwhile read for anyone working in either health or tech:

Workarounds to Computer Access in Healthcare Organizations: You Want My Password or a Dead Patient?

Abstract. "Workarounds to computer access in healthcare are sufficiently common that they often go unnoticed. Clinicians focus on patient care, not cybersecurity. We argue and demonstrate that understanding workarounds to healthcare workers’ computer access requires not only analyses of computer rules, but also interviews and observations with clinicians. In addition, we illustrate the value of shadowing clinicians and conducing focus groups to understand their motivations and tradeoffs for circumvention. Ethnographic investigation of the medical workplace emerges as a critical method of research because in the inevitable conflict between even well-intended people versus the machines, it’s the people who are the more creative, flexible, and motivated. We conducted interviews and observations with hundreds of medical workers and with 19 cybersecurity experts, CIOs, CMIOs, CTO, and IT workers to obtain their perceptions of computer security. We also shadowed clinicians as they worked. We present dozens of ways workers ingeniously circumvent security rules. The clinicians we studied were not “black hat” hackers, but just professionals seeking to accomplish their work despite the security technologies and regulations."


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It's worthwhile reminder for anybody designing systems for real world people in any profession. If security gets in the way of getting the job done, it will be bypassed. And it is not user's fault. This is just as true for these healthcare professionals, as it was true for Clinton's "basement email server."
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Because 2016 isn't over yet. But seriously, 106? Good job!
A Hollywood studio artist, painter, printmaker, calligrapher and maker of fantastical kites, Mr. Wong was one of the most celebrated Chinese-American artists of the 20th century.
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Good long read.
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they admit to the problem and claim to be committed to fixing it but they didn't let the problem delay their launch. how commited to safety can you be if you don't actually take steps to be safe?
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That's no skyscraper. The graphic depicts profit vs loss regions of a city's tax base. If the the total volume underneath the red boxes is larger than under the green: They're doomed. Any money spent on infrastructure that isn't being spent on lowering ongoing long term costs or raising long term revenue is wasted. Long term being the key.

Think about that as you watch Dear Leader steal taxes from the poor funnel it into new infrastructure projects outsourced to private contractors (read: inflated prices ultimately sending a cut to directly Dear Leader's family business) instead of on reducing future obligations.

The city below is in Louisana, I'd love to see this type of data presentation for all cities, counties, and major metro regions. Imagine what Detroit would look like? How would your region fare? Be honest.

h/t to +Paul Pluzhnikov for the link. Reposted instead of reshared to choose the pretty picture.
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I heard most of DJ T's press conference this morning. If you step waay back and examine it from the point of view of listening to someone you trust, he didn't do a bad job.

I'm still trying to figure out which parts to call BS on the most... Many infuriating boasting claims or the most veiled of threats?

What I was wondering most tangentially is actually: What impact does this have on that lawyers career?
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Good to see these flood gates open again. It's been a long time.
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That's pretty cool. I have never heard of the Weir gates. 
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Happy New Year!
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Harvey, the GPL'ed fork of Plan 9, now runs on the RISCV SPIKE emulator. I'll be trying the lowrisc FPGA bitstream soon. Harvey is C11 compliant and does not use the old Plan 9 C toolchain. We've shown that we can build a working kernel on x86-64 with gcc 4, 5, and 6; and clang 3.5, 3.6 and 3.8. We're looking forward to seeing how Harvey works with the forthcoming RISCV clang port. Both gcc and clang uncovered bugs that had been in the codebase for many years.

We can always use more contributors. For more, see harvey-os.org.

A distributed operating system. Harvey is an effort to provide a modern, distributed, 64 bit operating system. A different environment for researching and finding new lines of work. It can be built with gcc and clang and has an ANSI/POSIX compliant subsystem.
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